I know that Natural selection Philosophy was introduced by Charles Darwin, who came from the West. I am from the East. When I first came to Western countries to study finance, computer, business..., I was often taught to apply Priority in order to solve a problem. For example, when writing a report, my supervisor required me to sort a list starting from the most important to the less important items.
This priority mechanism does not only exist in Academics but also in everyday life in Western countries. For example, when performing a Google search, you will see the results that were put on top of the search result are the ones that were most clicked by users. Google believes that if most users click that result then that result must be most relevant - and that is why they put that result on top of the search result. It seems that Google applies the Natural Selection philosophy, doesn't it?
What about in the past, before 18th century? Was the Priority Method popular in the West?
So, my question is: did the Priority method as a way of solving problems come from Natural selection philosophy or did it exist before the Natural selection philosophy?